Summer tops that aren’t a button down
The easiest way to cover yourself up when it’s hot is with a button-down shirt. Could be short sleeve, could be long sleeve — it’s a great compliment to tiny shorts, a no-brainer pairing for lightweight trousers, the right proportion for a straight skirt, and basically serves as a beach jacket when worn with a swimsuit.
When you don’t want to wear a button-down shirt, there’s always a t-shirt or tank, which is usually cotton, so will absorb your sweat, but these can seem a little more casual. It’s good when you want that, or if you’re wearing trousers and a belt but if you’re not into sweaty thighs and the impossible-to-iron-out creases that perpetrate your nice pants in the summer but do still want to feel more put together, what should you wear?
I’ve been asked this question at least 3 times over the last week — and according to what’s available on the internet, factoring in how hot it is and taking into consideration casual bottoms: lightweight cotton skirts, tiny shorts, big shorts, beach-style pants or those that are more utilitarian, these are the best ones I found.
Why it’s good: It’s a lightweight blend of cotton and silk that will be breathable, especially with that open, airy neckline. Not to mention the bolo tie gives the elegant shade of ivory a bit of edge. And it’s on sale
Why it’s good: It’s familiar to the extent of its button-down nature, but zestier what with the cut-off sleeves and the array of ruffles that cascade down
Why’s it good: By the rule of exposed variables theory (that thing where you consider your collarbones, knees and toes and agree that showing all 3 doesn’t look right, so you commit to concealing 1-2:3 when you are getting dressed), this top affords you plenty of flexibility as far as bottoms and shoes. Plus, it’s long! Sometimes it’s nice when a top covers your ass.
Wear it with: cropped khakis, bike shorts, wide leg linen pants and you know what? It will be great in the fall as a dress with tights and knee high flat boots.
Why it’s good: Is it redundant to explain? Grace Wales Bonner is the kind of designer who puts so much heart and soul into her clothes that you can’t help feel hugged when you’re dressed in it, and this top in partic is the kind that gets you excited to go into your closet in the morning. It’s airy and light, so will keep you cool, but not at all flimsy — can hold its own styled into whatever you choose. The simplest way to put it though really is such that it’s effortless but doesn’t look like a lack of effort. ,
Wear it with: wide leg pants, bermuda shorts, a mini skirt, a bathing suit bottom…
Why it’s good: Because it’s an unconventional choice to pair with city garments such as those you might choose to wear to work. Plus, it’s not that unfamiliar as it almost, but not quite, buttons down…
Wear it with: I’ll get to it with… 👇🏻
Why it’s good: It’s completely see-through! Will keep you cool 10/10 in more ways than one. Like I think this shirt could probably get you a table at the hottest resto in town
You know what? I have one more crochet recommendation, but it is not at all practical.
It’s Diotima’s skimpy crochet tank or conservative bra depending on how you see it. On sale now for $89 and I’m roping it in because I think I am going to get it. Planning to wear with high waist black shorts or khaki bermudas and a white button down styled over as a shacket. Will probably insert inside a suit at some point in the early fall too.
Why it’s good: it’s shapely — like holds its own and holds you in, offers a sense of put togetherness and doesn’t require or desire any fussing. Easy to pair clothes with and you don’t have to work for the look. It styles itself.
Why it’s good: The truest alternative to a button-down. Ideal for when you need to look put together for work or something and it’s too hot for clothes.
Why it’s good: It’s a cotton tank! But nicer…
Wear it with: Anything, really. A mid-length skirt, high waist cropped pants (plus belt), boxer shorts, your b-suit…
Signing off yours,